Water and the construction industry

| by Larry Acker
Water and the construction industry

Architects and builders are becoming more environmentally conscious, as are homeowners, for the betterment of the community at large. Protecting the earth’s natural resources, including wood and water, were overlooked for centuries because they were in such abundant supply no one ever thought twice about using them. That is no longer the case, and builders are looking to sustainable products.

Plumbing has been one of the last industries to get on board the sustainable bandwagon. Yes, there are low-flow toilets and energy-saving washing machines and dishwashers. But the design of the plumbing infrastructure itself still needs work. Why does it take so long for water to get hot? Shouldn’t hot water be available on demand as instantly as cold water is?

New home plumbing

Until such a plumbing design becomes commonplace in new construction, there is, fortunately, a solution in the form of a product. The ACT D’MAND Kontrols pumping system provides hot water on demand, at any faucet, tub or shower in any home or building.

Without an ACT D’MAND product, when water is running down the drain to wait until it gets hot, there’s a considerable amount of energy being used to heat it from 50 degrees to 120. All of that running water, gallons upon gallons, is clean and potable, yet it is going down the drain where it is mixed with sewage, and then into overworked processing plants to be treated (again), and then back to a kitchen sink where gallons and gallons of retreated water will be wasted yet again when someone turns on the hot water faucet and waits for it to get hot enough to use. It’s a vicious cycle.

Every 10 gallons of water uses 1 kilowatt hour of energy. Because the typical household wastes 7,000 to 10,000 gallons of water a year while waiting for it to get hot, that’s a loss of 800 to 1,200 kilowatt-hours of energy each year being needlessly used and contributing to the carbon footprint.

The ACT D’MAND Kontrols pumping system is an effortless way to conserve water in new construction or existing buildings, and costs one dollar a year to operate.

About the sponsor: ACT D’MAND Kontrols® and Structured Plumbing® are registered marks of Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, Inc.; a privately owned corporation that started as a family business and is based in Costa Mesa, Calif. ACT D’MAND Kontrols Systems are made in America and sold through wholesale plumbing supply houses and national representative groups. The company has distribution throughout the U.S. and six other countries. For more information, visit www.gothotwater.com.

Topics: Bathroom, Going Green, Heating & Cooling, Kitchen, Plumbing & Fixtures, Water Saving Devices

Companies: ACT D'MAND Systems

Larry Acker
Larry Acker is the CEO of ACT, Inc. D'MAND Kontrol Systems®. Involved with energy, water and energy conservation for 45 years, Larry is considered a leading authority regarding residential water and energy efficiency. Larry has been a featured speaker at major conferences throughout the world supporting ASHRAE, IAMPO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and SB-08. Larry has written featured articles for National Trade Magazines and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001. www

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